On Monday, two 16-year-old boys from Central Catholic High School were arrested on hate crime charges after they sent a Snapchat video of nooses to a black student.
In the twelve-second video, a boy can be seen with a prop noose around his neck saying, “You must die (expletive).” A second boy calls out Noah Porter, an African-American classmate, by name in the video. Two boys have since been arrested on suspicion of felony charges of committing a hate crime, making terrorist threats and criminal conspiracy.
“We have identified the male juvenile in the video and we believe that the other male that was arrested was involved in production or distribution of the video,” said Modesto police Capt. Brian Findlen, who would not release the names of the boys who were arrested.
“There are no winners in this. An act of ignorance has forever changed a young man’s life,” said attorney Jacq Wilson.
“By the Modesto Police Department taking swift action to hold the wrongdoers accountable, it sends a message that hate crimes and death threats will not be tolerated in this community. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, black or white, young or old, if you commit a crime in Modesto you will be held accountable.”